Photo Restoration – Friday Fictioneers

Photo by: Georgia Koch

Photo Restoration

Fritz stood in his tiny garage/lab. “The Ipswitch Camera never became popular,” he said.

“Why not?” said his neighbor, Garrett.

“It physically removed the subject from reality, converting it to a photo.”

“That could be troublesome.”

“But!” Fritz held up a vial of blackish fluid. “I’ve made the process reversible.”

Fritz placed an ancient photo, a boat resting by a river, on the dusty desk. He dribbled fluid upon it.


Fritz and Garrett extricated themselves from the collapsed garage, destroyed by the sudden presence of a boat.

Garrett groused, “When you restore that picture of a building, let’s do it outdoors!”
Each week, The Friday Fictioneers join together to discuss secret and ancient technologies long forgotten. Not really. We do something even more fun. We write! Up to 100 words (give or take a few) can be written from a photo prompt. This is my story based upon the photo prompt at the top. Look here for even more stories written about the photo:

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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32 Responses to Photo Restoration – Friday Fictioneers

  1. List of X says:

    Actually, that Ipswich camera could get pretty popular now that there’s a reverse process: imagine you could take a photo of a shipping container and carry just the photo with you?

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  2. What a great take on the prompt, but yes, those sort of experiments are always best done in large open spaces.

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  3. These sort of things really need to be through through more thoroughly. lol

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  4. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear EA,

    I loved the name ‘Ipswitch’ camera. A clever tale told in a crowded room. Lovely.




  5. Dear Eric,

    Where can I get one of those cameras? Amusing story.




    • EagleAye says:

      Unfortunately there were only 13 made. They weren’t too popular after several entire families, a church, and a rare parrot, disappeared. Maybe look on ebay? 😉 Thanks so much, Rochelle! 🙂


  6. Very funny, I need that camera!

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  7. Sally says:

    This made me smile.


  8. babso2you says:

    Boom! Where do I get one of those? 🙂


  9. Margaret says:

    And we think we’re pretty clever with our 3D printers. Fun story.

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  10. kirsten says:

    Ha, that was a wonderful story! He obviously forgot to take into account that the boat was larger in reality than the picture of it! I think someone could really make some money off that Ipswitch Camera!!!


    • EagleAye says:

      Yes he did. That’s the difference between a hobbyist and a full-blown scientist. Oh well. Live (hopefully) and learn. Such a camera might be really handy, yes? You could take a picture of your luggage and carry the pic in your pocket. Never pay baggage fees again! 😉 Thanks you so much! I’m glad you liked it.

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  11. draliman says:

    Great idea but they didn’t quite think that through, did they? Good job it wasn’t a photo of the Himalayas.


    • EagleAye says:

      Ouch! That would be catastrophic. 😀 I doubt they would survive that one. They really didn’t think enough to be sure. Luckily it was only a boat. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂


  12. milliethom says:

    A really fun story.The idea of Fritz’s camera is quite awesome and I’d seriously love to have one. I have photos of all sorts of things that would be handy to have! Haha.I loved the way you’ve desribed the results of his experiment.

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  13. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear EagleAye, Brilliant invention! I will keep looking on Ebay to see if there are any for sale. This is so funny! Nan 🙂

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  14. adamjasonp says:

    Really thinking outside the box—destroying the box, the garage. 🙂


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